Tuesday, 19 March 2013

On Inspiration (and Perspiration)

There's a quote about inspiration and perspiration that I'd love to use here in my intro, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is...

75% inspiration + 20% perspiration = 95% sweat stains...no, that's not it.

40% inspiration + 10% perspiration = 50% - halfway there, better keep working...no, that's not it either.

Let's forget the motivational sweatiness for now and move along, shall we? 

I'd like to say thank you. 100% pure and simple, thank you so very much! 
I was recently presented with the Inspiring Blog Award. What an honour! The award was given to me from a truly inspirational blogger herself: Ida Mae from Vision for Our Kids. Ida Mae's blog is comprised of a number of heartfelt stories about her family, mixed with a healthy dose of  educational and parental resources. Be sure to stop over and check out Ida Mae's brilliance. You won't be sorry that you did.

The timing of Ida Mae's presentation is somewhat apropos. I recently decided that I'm going to try doing things a bit differently here at More Than Words. My decision to make changes was inspired by some unique ideas that I've seen on other blogs.

Neil Pasricha's blog, 1000 Awesome Things is simple, yet very clever. What's not to like about a a blog whose sole purpose is to share things that are awesome?  Pasricha shares something awesome with his readers on a daily basis. Things like bakery air, finding money in your pocket, the smell of gasoline and popping bubble wrap.

Julie Powell's blog tells the story of her daily attempts at cooking. Over the course of a year, Julie cooked her way through every recipe in Julia Child's, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and then she blogged about it. Her blog was made into a book and then a movie (I have a small confession to make: I didn't actually read Julie's book or follow her blog, but I did see the movie). 

I was inspired by the ambition of these writers and by the fact that they had a specific purpose behind their writing. They set a goal to deliver a distinct message on a daily basis, and they stuck to it.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. That's the quote I was looking for!

I've shared with you my inspiration. Now I need to get to work. I've set up a blogging schedule for the next twelve months. Starting March 25th (my bloggiversary), my blog posts will take on a a whole new format. I can't promise that the new format will mean my writing will be genius (as in the quote above), but my goal is to write more consistently and to produce some thought provoking material. 

1 new blog format
365 days
122 blog posts

Let the perspiration begin! 

See you on the 25th.

Yep, I'm nervous but I'm also really excited!


  1. Fantastic!!! What a great goal. I'm looking forward to reading along. You go girl! :)

  2. Thanks, Lisa! I appreciate your support :)

  3. Stacey, you are a rock star! Thank you so much for your kind words in this post. I love that quote. I have another one for you (but forget the source right now). 'A goal/dream without a plan is just a wish.' You've got your plan now, so you're ready to roll! (Not that you weren't rolling already!) Best wishes for your renewed journey. Can't wait to see what comes next!

  4. Love that quote too! Thanks for sharing it here. And thanks for your comment. Cheers, fellow blogger - er, bloggess!

  5. hey Stacey, i have just gotten caught up with your blog...March was kind of sleep deprived around here..LOL...keep up the great work...i love your style of writing, your humor and the content of course! You are doing an amazing job!! Thanks for sharing...as well as all the other pertinent AAC links etc on facebook. You are an inspiration for me!

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Diana! I appreciate your kind words. It's so nice to have parents to share triumphs and tribulations with, isn't it? Even if it is through connections on-line. Here's hoping you get some sleep soon!